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David Bradley Model 917.61201 'Dusty' the 'Hoveroni'


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Posted June 28, 2016 - 03:05 PM

Cool little machine

 


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Posted August 09, 2016 - 12:05 PM

Hello!

I just discovered this thread this morning...last night I proudly trailered home the TWIN to your beautiful 'Dusty'...the very same Craigslist machine pictured earlier in your cool story!

I'm proud to have found this Cold War space oddity...plus the 2nd owner's son reinstalled the original engine from the wood chipper back into the David Bradley 36...he gave me a demonstration-mow in his yard and she runs, drives and mows like it's still 1961!

Not as clean as 'Dusty' though...your 'Hoveroni' is quite nice!

Still...I'm sure 'Sputnik' will turn some heads in my neighborhood!

Why be normal...mow like George Jetson! 🚀

Edited by Grant, August 09, 2016 - 11:28 PM.

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Posted August 09, 2016 - 12:06 PM

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Posted August 09, 2016 - 01:08 PM

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Posted August 09, 2016 - 01:14 PM

How can I post photos in a thread? I would like to share some photos of Sputnik... 🚀

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Posted August 09, 2016 - 02:35 PM

How can I post photos in a thread? I would like to share some photos of Sputnik...

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Posted August 09, 2016 - 06:25 PM

Ok...here's 'Sputnik!' 🚀

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Posted August 09, 2016 - 09:51 PM

Sputnik's 'Lunar Rover' rocket-booster power module... 🚀

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Posted August 10, 2016 - 05:02 AM

Cool little mower. Will it be a user?

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Posted August 10, 2016 - 04:54 PM

Yes - that is a cool machine , I am glad someone got it that appreciates it .

 

I feel so odd mowing with mine but I love it , does a decent job .  

You can see 'Dusty' hiding in the back with my other toys.

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I got this new old stock 1971 Suzuki Savage 250 , found it in my uncles shed at his property up north .

 

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So this is what I am working on now , needs some TLC and a clean gas tank , but this baby will run . (like a scalded dog)

My uncle gave me a ride on this bike when I was about 11-12 YO  I have wanted this thing ever since . It has only 3500 mi on it .

was sitting 30 years. And after a few hours of love it is looking a lot better . :rocker2:  :thumbs:  :worshippy1:



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Posted August 11, 2016 - 09:28 AM

Thanks for the love, guys...yes, Sputnik will be my primary mower, since I know she's up to the task. She's very solidly built and I feel her quality shines through her considerable patina. Much more exciting than shelling out for a new tractor...anyone can do that.

I like old stuff...my house dates to the Civil War and my garage has old cars, a classic Vespa, and a wooden Chris-Craft boat...so this riding mower will fit in perfectly!

Your Suzuki is just great, by the way...even better since its got family history and boyhood memories all wrapped up.

These are the good things...and that's why we are all collectors!

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Posted August 11, 2016 - 11:56 AM

Great machines! I love the odd ones. I picked up a HOMKO push mower just for the looks. Would love to have a rider to go with it. Keep saving the old and odd ones.


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Posted August 11, 2016 - 03:40 PM

I'd like to 'suspend' Sputnik's current patina and somehow protect her from further deterioration...I like the earlier post about some sort of clear coat or preservative wipe-on coating (from an English contributor).

Any suggestions for a Stateside equivalent to that product? I'd like the metallic ice blue, navy, white and orange livery to look its best, without turning the rusty patina to black...

Also worried about finding new replacements for those tiny tires...should I be?

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Posted August 11, 2016 - 03:49 PM

Here's an example of Sputnik's 'ridden hard and put away wet' patina that I'd hate to restore away: someone left a rusty paint can on the right-rear corner of her engine box for the past 26-odd years that her db engine was pulling wood-chipper duty...that rusty ring tells of her history for better or worse... 🚀

That mounting bracket on the rear grille mesh used to carry a 'slow-moving vehicle' orange triangle (think Amish buggy) when the 2nd owner would drive down Main Street to mow another relative's lawn... Sputnik was in active mowing duty with the previous owners between 1970-1989 after which they bought a new tractor and put the db/Briggs 5.75hp motor into the wood chipper. 🚀

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Posted August 11, 2016 - 05:23 PM

I'd say ... It is yours do whatever you want with it .  With the machine I got I thought long and hard what to do . I have more into it as it sits than it is probably worth .

I have no history on where it came from other than found on the side of the road. It took two months to pull the trigger on it and then I had to have it shipped for a fee.

But it just kept calling my name , My guess is that it had engine trouble from the get go. (A Lemon) because there is next to no wear on any of the moving parts .

It took a suggestion from an old pro to get it going , I had the motor opened up and it is like brand new inside . The condition is too good to restore .

As long as it makes me smile when I ride it around :D

With yours I would probably redo it . They are not terribly valuable so I don't think you would be doing anything wrong .

It is an oddity that you won't see many of .

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BTW Grant - Here is another cool DB tractor story \/

http://gardentractor...elf-rusty-gold/


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